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Harbour Endorses Anti-Racism Declaration by ACP, ABPBC

Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 11:08am

Harbour Publishing would like to extend its approval and support of the anti-racism statement released by the Association of Canadian Publishers on June 5, 2020 and adopted by the Association of Book Publishers of BC. The declaration reads in part, “we stand in solidarity with those who have taken to the streets in protest against the ongoing, brutal, and systemic anti-Black racism that remains foundational in our culture… As publishers we hold the privilege of editorial choice, making decisions about what voices and what histories, stories, recipes, or poems are published, found in bookstores, reviewed, promoted, and brought to readers.” See complete statement:


Congratulations to John M. MacFarlane and Lynn J. Salmon!

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 12:00pm

Congratulations to Harbour authors John M. MacFarlane and Lynn J. Salmon who have won a John Lyman Book Award for best book published in the category of "Canadian Naval and Maritime History" for Around the World in a Dugout Canoe: The Untold Story of Captain John Voss and the Tilikum.

The prize, which is administered by the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH), is awarded annually in six categories to recognise excellence in books that make a major contribution to the study and understanding of maritime and naval history.

Around the World in Dugout Canoe tells the remarkable story of Captain John Voss, who set out from Victoria, BC, in 1901 to claim the world record for the smallest vessel to circumnavigate the globe.

The authors, who spent years researching and writing their book, agree that it is an honour to have their work recognized in this way and to have the facts about Voss’s journey available to the public for the first time. “During our research it became quickly apparent that the real story of Captain John Voss and his remarkable voyage in the Tilikum had yet to be told and it turned out to be a far more riveting tale than either Voss or Luxton produced in their separate accounts of the trip.”

The authors, in a joint statement, note that “Today the Tilikum still exists as one of the great heritage assets of British Columbia and for mariners worldwide. It is certainly a story for our age ⎼ thousand-year-old maritime technology, intriguing characters, proud immigrants, and the start of recreational blue-water cruising. We wish to thank the NASOH for their recognition of this book and hope readers around the world will find themselves as captivated by Voss and his dugout canoe as we have been.” ...

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Diane Pinch Wins George Ryga Award!

Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 6:27pm

Diane Pinch’s non-fiction homage to the Sierra Club of BC, Passion and Persistence: Fifty Years of the Sierra Club in British Columbia, has won the 2020 George Ryga Award.

Since 2004, the annual Ryga Award has been presented to a BC writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a new book published in the preceding calendar year.

Replete with first-hand accounts, maps and photos, Passion and Persistence is a heartfelt and in-depth look at environmentalism in Western Canada through the years, from the perspective of one of the province’s most influential groups in operation.

Diane Pinch is a retired psychologist and long-time volunteer with Sierra Club BC who lives in Victoria, BC. She spent five years digging through archives and interviewing colourful and charismatic Sierra Club BC members to put together a faithful narration of the challenges and successes the club faced over the past fifty years.

“I am thrilled to win this award and honoured to follow in the footsteps of its amazing past winners. Its support means a lot to me,” writes Pinch, who is donating all royalties from the sales of Passion and Persistence to Sierra Club BC. ...

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Harbour Publishing Drops Paywall to and the KnowBC Library

Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 6:31pm is a valuable online resource for history and information regarding British Columbia. It started with the Encyclopedia of British Columbia (EBC) when it was first made available online in 2001, and since then KnowBC's catalogue has continued to expand. Now KnowBC features numerous books that cover a variety of topics including Indigenous history, marine life, natural history, British Columbia's role in World War I, and much more.

Harbour publishing is committed to supporting children, parents, retailers and educators. We know that many children and youth are facing an extended spring break with uncertainty over when normal school activities will resume. The BC Ministry of Education has recognized KnowBC’s importance as a learning resource through a licensing agreement that has made the website available to schools throughout British Columbia as part of the BC Digital Classroom Core Collection. To help support students continue to access KnowBC during this time of physical distancing, we're temporarily dropping the subscription paywall to everyone! ...

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Award-winning Author-Illustrator Duo Shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:35pm

The West Coast Book Prize Society has announced the finalists for the 2020 BC Book Prizes and Harbour's Voices from the Skeena, by Victoria author Robert “Lucky” Budd and Northern BC author Roy Henry Vickers, has been shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. Presented to the originating publisher and the authors of the book that is the most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content, the prize is shared by the publisher and the authors. BC booksellers determine the winner by ballot vote. Winners will be announced on September 19, 2020, at an awards gala in Vancouver.  ...

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Supporting Health, Safety, and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted: March 13, 2020
Harbour Publishing is carrying on with plans to bring out an exciting list of new Spring 2020 books and working with all of our authors and publishing partners, including bookstores, event organizers and media. In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Douglas & McIntyre and Harbour Publishing are enacting the appropriate measures to ensure our staff, authors and readers are supported as all Canadians work to minimize the spread of the virus.

As the situation evolves, we will continue to work with authors and event organizers to follow Health Canada's recommended community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All updates to book events will be shared via our social media channels and online event calendar.

Publishing is a collaborative and creative creature and we are committed to ensuring that our talented authors and their books reach readers when they are needed most. We are working hard to provide opportunities for meaningful engagement through an enhanced social media, more customized book trailers, virtual launches and other creative means.

To our valued bookselling partners who are instrumental in ensuring readers and books meet each other:  we continue to support you during this challenging period. Our publicists and authors will reach out to book retailers to find creative ways to celebrate books and to motivate readers. Our new Spring 2020 books, as well as our backlist titles are still shipping from our warehouses. If an author event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions, Harbour Publishing will credit freight cost on any book returns pertaining to that event. / Early returns are also allowed. 

Books will continue to provide inspiration, consolation, stimulation and sustenance throughout this unprecedented situation. Let’s continue to read in solidarity.


Coldstream Poet Wins Prestigious Book Prize

Posted: March 12, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Laisha Rosnau’s poetry collection, Our Familiar Hunger from Nightwood Editions has won the 2020 Kobzar Book Award.

In its exploration of the lives of Eastern European women, Our Familiar Hunger tests and confirms the will, struggle and fortitude of generations of women, both contemporary and historical. The poems shift in time and place, moving from the Russian Revolution to Holodomor (the massive state-imposed famine in Ukraine) to early Ukrainian immigration to Canada and later, prisoner camps across Canada during the First World War. The collection explores different types of hunger—and what it means to be hungry, whether that be literal hunger for sustenance, sexual hunger and desire, or hunger for love. These poems are the fractured reality of trickle-down inheritance, studies of the epigenetic grief we carry and the myriad ways our grief interferes with or interprets our best attempts.

On winning the Kobzar Book Award, Laisha Rosnau says: “I was overwhelmed at the honour of the Kobzar Award, in particular, because of what it represents. Since being nominated, I've thought of how my Baba and Gedo would have been so delighted to have one of their grandchildren be recognized for work that reflects the Ukrainian Canadian experience. They were both immigrants from Ukraine who met and married in Canada. Their early years in Canada, in particular, could be called ones of struggle and hardship, and yet I also felt like they had so much—their lives were full of so much love, laughter, music, dancing, community, faith and family. I sobbed through my acceptance speech thinking of them, and their legacy of not only strength and resilience, but of humour, love, laughter, and music. Theirs is the story of so many immigrants to Canada, and I dedicate this Kobzar Award to them, Jospeh and Nelli Proch.” ...

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GoldenEagle’s Powerful Novel on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5:51pm

The Saskatchewan Book Awards have announced that Bone Black, written by Carol Rose GoldenEagle, has been named a finalist for two awards: the Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Book Award, and the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Book Award.

Bone Black is a powerful and incisive narrative that meditates on justice and revenge. After Wren StrongEagle’s twin sister Raven mysteriously disappears one evening, Wren is devastated—and angry. When Wren’s missing persons report is dismissed and the Canadian Government, RCMP and local police do infuriatingly little to solve her sister’s case, or the countless other cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the country, Wren decides it is time to take justice into her own hands. What follows is a thrilling and evocative story, and a penetrating social critique into prescient issues faced by Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA in Canada today. On being shortlisted, GoldenEagle says, “It is important that the voices, prayers and stories of Indigenous women be heard. The connection to spirit within this writing holds that hope.”  ...

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Spring 2020 Books Part II!

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 11:28am

It’s January 2020 and that means we have a bevy of new and exciting books coming your way! Delve into stories about British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, from picture books to memoirs to field guides, poetry, essays and more. Keep reading to learn about some of our upcoming books… and check out Part I here!  ...

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Spring 2020 Books Coming Soon!

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:55pm

It’s January 2020 and that means we have a bevy of new and exciting books coming your way! Delve into stories about British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, from picture books to memoirs to field guides, poetry, essays and more. Keep reading to learn about our upcoming books… and stay tuned for part II!

Moving back in time, On the Cusp of Contact: Gender, Space and Race in the West, a collection of seventeen essays by the award-winning historian Jean Barman, pieces together stories of individuals and groups disadvantaged in white settler society because of their gender, race and/or social class. The essays in this collection include fascinating, though largely forgotten, life stories of the frontier—that space between contact and settlement, where, for a brief moment, anything seemed possible.  ...

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Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue Wins Moonbeam Children's Award

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 2:34pm

A huge congratulations to Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd! Their book, Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue has won a Gold medal in the 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the board books category. Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue has been a perennial favourite on the BC bestseller list and the Canadian bestseller list since it came out in May 2019. The Moonbeam Children’s Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Again, congratulations to these wonderful authors!

With vibrant illustrations and a glossy tactile finish, Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue introduces babies and toddlers to a kaleidoscope of colours and the rhythm of changing seasons on the West Coast. This sturdy board book follows the shifting spectrum of the Pacific Northwest including the quiet grey rain of winter, the verdant growth of spring, the jewel red tones of tart summer huckleberries and the shimmering scales of a spawning sockeye salmon as it turns from silver to red in fall.


Rum Running Author Wins Big!

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:40am

It’s been a banner year for Vancouver Island writer Rick James, author of Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running.

James used first-hand accounts of old-time rum-runners, newspaper coverage of the day, and many archival photographs to create Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How, a thoroughly researched and lively history that explains what really went down along the West Coast during the American “Noble Experiment” of Prohibition.

The book has just been proclaimed the winner of the Keith Matthews Award for a Book Deserving Special Recognition, which is administered by the Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS), and received a gold medal in the History category of the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The Independent Publisher Book Awards is open to authors published across North America. Earlier this year, Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How was also shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book published in British Columbia.

Rick James is a writer, maritime historian and photographer whose work has been published in numerous periodicals including Canada’s History Magazine, Pacific Yachting and Western Mariner. He is also the author of the bestselling book Raincoast Chronicles 21: West Coast Wrecks and Other Maritime Tales. Many people recognize him from his role in The Sea Hunters episode, “Malahat: Queen of the Rum Runners,” which aired on Canada’s History channel. He lives in Royston, BC.


Bec & Call Wins a New Brunswick Book Award

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 1:49pm

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce that Jenna Lyn Albert has been awarded the The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize for her debut poetry collection, Bec & Call (Nightwood Editions).

The New Brunswick Book Awards are the result of collaboration between Canada's oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick's literary culture for close to 75 years, and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick, which for over 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development. 

Earlier this year, Albert was appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She started on January 28 and will serve for a two-year term. She is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and holds a master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence and The Puritan.

Her award-winning collection, Bec & Call, is rife with colloquialisms, irony and a healthy dose of sass. Her poems refuse to be silent or subtle; instead they delve into the explicit, the audacious, the boldly personal. The roles of Acadienne and feminist come with the responsibility of speaking up, and Albert’s work in Bec & Call vocalizes the societal dérangement of Acadian culture amidst the accruing difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and misogyny.

The winners of the New Brunswick Book Awards were announced at an awards presentation ceremony on Saturday, May 25, at the Moncton Press Club.


Patrick Lane 1939-2019

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 5:33pm

One of Harbour Publishing’s foundational writers, Patrick Lane, passed away after a long illness in the early hours of March, 7, 2019, 19 days short of his 80th birthday. Pat’s first book with Harbour, and one of the first books published by the press, was Unborn Things: South American Poems, which he and Howard White hand-printed in the original Harbour print shop in Pender Harbour in 1975. Lane had moved to nearby Middlepoint in order to work on the early issues of Raincoast Chronicles and although he only wrote one article for the journal, on pelagic sealing, he often credited it for getting him started in prose writing. He later went on to write two acclaimed novels Red Dog, Red Dog and Deep River Night, as well as the memoir There Is a Season, for which he won the 2005 BC Award for Non Fiction.

Pat was born on March 26, 1939 in the Kootenay mountain town of Sheep Creek, near Nelson, and grew up in the BC Interior, primarily in Vernon. He left school to work as a labourer, fruit picker and truck driver, later becoming a first-aid man because it paid an additional l5 cents per hour. In the North Thompson mill town of Avola, with 150 people, he worked in the sawmill and sometimes dealt with grisly injuries, which he later memorialized in equally grisly poems. It was one of the bleakest periods of his life, but one he returned to repeatedly in his long and distinguished literary career, particularly in his final novel, Deep River Night.

As a poet Pat won virtually every major award open to Canadian writers and came to be recognized as one of the leading Canadian poets of his time. His latest distinction was the 2019 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, given for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. He was a wonderful, vital person and a true friend. Harbour extends its deepest sympathy to his wife Lorna Crozier, his five children and many grandchildren.

Patrick Lane titles with Harbour:

  • Unborn Things: South American Poems. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1975.
  • Albino Pheasants. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1977.
  • Too Spare, Too Fierce. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1995.
  • The Bare Plum of Winter Rain. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2000.
  • Go Leaving Strange, Poems, Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2004
  • Last Water Song, Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2007.
  • Witness: Selected Poems 1970-2010. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2010.
  • The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2011.
    Edited with an introduction by Russell Morton Brown and Donna Bennett, with an Afterword by Nicholas Bradley.
  • Washita: New Poems. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2014.

With files from ABC Bookworld. Thanks to Alan Twigg.


In Memorium: Edith Iglauer

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:47am

It is with profound sadness we note the passing of author Edith Iglauer, who died in Sechelt Hospital on Feb. 13, 2019. Edith published five books with Harbour: Seven Stones: A Portrait of Arthur Erickson, Architect (1981); Fishing with John (1988); Dennison’s Ice Road (1991); The Strangers Next Door (1991); and Inuit Journey: The Co-operative Adventure in Canada’s North (2000.)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10, 1917, Edith Iglauer grew up in a comfortably well-off Cleveland family. She began selling her articles to newspapers in her hometown while she attended the School of Journalism at Columbia University. She married writer/editor Philip Hamburger and raised two sons in New York. One is Jay Hamburger, artistic director for Theatre in the Raw in Vancouver; the other is Richard Hamburger, a teacher and director of theatre in New York City. ...

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